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Today's Death Notices

Monica E. Daly, 100, of Norwich

Connie Snell, 51, of Greentown, PA

Edward D. Butler, 101, of Sherburne

Last Week's Obituaries

David Jay Bame

Published on: Friday, July 24, 2015


BAINBRIDGE  – David Jay Bame, 77, of Bainbridge, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the New York State Veterans Home, Oxford. David was born on February 3, 1938, son of the late Chester and Florence (Greene) Bame in Bainbridge. Following high school, David enlisted in the US Navy and served his country honorably from 1956 until his discharge in 1960.

He worked for many years as an electrician for Amphenol Corp. in Sidney. He was a member of the Sidney Moose Lodge #277 and a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Bainbridge. He enjoyed local history and was an avid metal detector, collecting old bottles and coins. He also loved snowmobiling.

David is survived by: his wife, Doris Bame of Port Crane; two sons: David Bame, Jr. of Bainbridge and Doug Bame of Jacksonville, FL; daughter, Doreen Bame of Centreville, VA; grandchildren: Jay, Nissa and Dalton Bame; as well as several sisters and brothers-in-law.

A memorial service will be held at David’s home, 340 Parker Smith Hill Road in Bainbridge, on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 3:00pm. Fr. David Hanselman will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1 Church St. Bainbridge, NY 13733. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Eugenia Agnes Sutton

Published on: Friday, July 24, 2015


NEW BERLIN – Eugenia Agnes Sutton, 88 yrs. old of New Berlin, NY passed away on July 20, 2015 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY.

She was born on July 4, 1927 in New Berlin, NY the daughter of George Hurbert and Agnes May (Backus) Caldine. Her childhood was spent in New Berlin, NY where she was a graduate of New Berlin Central School.

Shortly after graduating high school she began work at Preferred Mutual Insurance Company of New Berlin, NY. She retired in August 1992 as an officer of the company with the title of Assistant Vice President of Statistical Services.

She loved spending time with her family and her dog, playing the piano and trumpet, painting, gardening and flowers.

Eugenia is survived by her son; Roderick L. Sutton and his wife Joann Wormuth of Guilford, NY, her granddaughters; Alexandra Sutton-Pyle and her husband James-Patrick Pyle of Guilford, NY and Courtney N. Starr and her husband Craig Starr and their children; Michael Chase, Garrett Starr and Zachary Starr of Sidney, NY. She is also survived by her dear friend Roberta Dixson and her sister-in-law Betty Caldine of Fairfax, VA as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother; Harold George Caldine.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM with the Very Reverend Charles Taylor officiating. Calling hours will be held prior to the funeral service from 4:00-6:00PM at the Dakin Funeral Home, LP, New Berlin, NY.

Donations may be made to the Chenango County S.P.C.A., Norwich, NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Edward Pylinski

Published on: Monday, July 27, 2015


EDMESTON – Edward Pylinski, 88, of Edmeston died peacefully July 25, 2015 at the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford.

He was born June 2, 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut the son of Julian and Susanne ( Trzeciakiewicz) Pylinski. He married Joanne Tibbetts on February 29, 1948 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Norwich.

Ed was a truck driver for 33 years for Cossitt Motor Express in Norwich, NY. He served in the United States Navy from 1944- 1947 aboard the USS Amsterdam. He was a member of the Wharton Valley American Legion Post #1311, the New Berlin Sportsman’s Club and the Riverbend Golf Club. Ed enjoyed fishing and hunting. Many of his woodworking talent (such as tables, plaques etc.) will be cherished for many a year to come.

His wife Joanne; his children and their spouses Keith & Barbara, Kevin & Diane, Kip & Regina, Kim Suez Pylinski; his grandchildren Patricia & Wade Schrag, Nickolas Pylinski, Phillip & Maria Hophan, Thomas & Janice Pylinski, and Ariel Pylinski; his sister Helen Mockovciak; several great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins survive Ed.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Julia, MaryAnn, Genevieve, Joseph, Peter, Walter, Sylvester, Albert, Mildred, Janina; and his granddaughter Catherine.

Services will be private.

Special thanks to the staff at the NYS Veteran’s Home for their loving care and kindness. Contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to the NYS Veterans Home; 4207 State Hwy. 220, Oxford, NY 13830-4101.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home and condolences to the family may be left at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home website,

Shirley Earl

Published on: Monday, July 27, 2015


MILLERS CREEK, NC – Shirley Earl, formerly of Norwich, Zephyrhills, FL and most recently of Millers Creek, NC, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015, at the home of her son in Millers Creek. She was the daughter of Percy Alton and Fannie Walker Squires.

Shirley was employed for many years by the Norwich Pharmacal Co. from which she retired. Following her retirement she moved to Zephyrhills until moving a short time ago to Millers Creek. She will always be lovingly remembered for her vibrant and zestful personality, her sense of humor and generosity.

Shirley is survived by her children Gary Moore and wife Kimberly of Millers Creek, NC, Tim Moore and wife Shelly of Mt. Juliet, TN, Robert (Scott) Steward of Sanford, NC, her siblings Claude Squires and wife MaryLou of Norwich, Barbara Albertina of Sherburne, Nancy Simpson and husband Richard of Northville and Norma Heald of Norwich. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchild, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Shirley was predeceased by her sister Flora Frink and brothers Percy M. and David Squires.

Private graveside services for Shirley will be held at the convenience of the family from the Riverview Cemetery in Oxford.

Please consider memorial contributions to The ALS Association, Gifts Processing Center, P.O.Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.

Linda O. Zielke

Published on: Monday, July 27, 2015


LARNED, KS –  Linda O. Zielke, 66, passed away July 23, 2015, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned.

She was born November 4, 1948, in Greene, New York, the daughter of Leonard and Thelma Pierce Oles, a longtime area resident, she was a homemaker.

She was of the Christian faith.

On May 24, 1985, she married Eldon Hays in Ness City. He passed away April 1, 2014. On August 2, 2014 she married Harry Zielke in Rapid City, South Dakota. He survives.

Other survivors include: a brother, Thomas (Gwen) Oles, Leesburg, VA; three stepsons, Dallas Hays, Larned, Thomas Hays, Phoenix, AZ, and Chris (Paula) Zielke, Rapid City, SD; three stepdaughters, Marilyn Montainge, Hawaii, Laura Clarkson, San Francisco, CA and Amanda Zielke, Rapid City, SD; seven step grandchildren and two step great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at Beckwith Mortuary, Larned, with Dr. David Hales presiding. Friends may sign the register book from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Beckwith Mortuary. Inurnment will be in the Larned Cemetery, Larned, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation or the Gentiva Hospice in care of Beckwith Mortuary, Box 477 Larned, Ks 67550. Condolences may be left at

Linda Jean Christensen

Published on: Tuesday, July 28, 2015


GUILFORD – Linda Jean Christensen, 67, of Guilford passed away at her home surrounded by family and friends Friday July 24 2015. Linda was born April 11, 1948 to Victor and Velma Seward. She spent her childhood growing up in the Walton, Sidney Center area. As a young adult she enjoyed softball, bowling and spending time with friends. She met her husband Arthur and married in 1977 and together they raised a family. Many memories and friends were made at the Rockdale Hotel and the family dairy farm during their years there. Linda was well known for her cooking; whether it was weekend parties at their barn, or large family events. Linda loved flower gardens, hummingbirds, dinner with friends and family and the Christmas season. Some of her most special moments were spent with lifelong friends and the family.

She is survived by her children and spouses: Arthur Eric, Jr. and Cari-Ann Christensen of Guilford, Kimberly Lakin of South New Berlin, Scott and Tammy Seward of Mt. Upton, Melissa and William Strong of South New Berlin and Leif Christensen and Annie Finch of Gilbertsville. She is survived as well by thirteen grandchildren: Anika and Tait Christensen, Hunter, Sydney and Morgan Lakin, Mariah, Chelsea and Brandon Seward, Shelbi Stewart, Kacey and Taylor Strong, Landyn and Olivia Christensen. In addition she is survived by her three siblings and their spouses: Ann and Bill Ostrander of Unadilla, Sharon Crisell and Joe Moore of Sidney, Roy and Anna Seward of Binghamton. She is predeceased by her husband Arthur, and brother Victor.

Friends may call Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel 21 Main St. Sidney.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 30, at 11:00 AM at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel with Rev. Fred Albrecht officiating. Burial will follow in North Guilford Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared online at

The family would like to thank Chenango County Hospice and the many friends and family for your thoughts and prayers at this time.

Frances “fran” Matilda Leinpinsel Howell

Published on: Wednesday, July 29, 2015


MIDDLETOWN – Frances “Fran” Matilda Leinpinsel Howell, 79, of Middletown, NY died on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 after a brief illness. Fran died at her home, Middletown Park Manor surrounded by her children.

Fran was born October 26, 1935 at Bennett Hospital in Middletown, NY. Fran was the daughter of late Agnes (Horan) and Frederick Leinpinsel. She grew up in Wurtsboro, NY and graduated from Monticello High School. She attended Orange County Community College. She married Albert D. Howell on November 16th, 1957. Fran after marrying Albert moved to Warwick, NY. She and Albert owned and operated Crystal Brook Farm. It was there she started her family and her four children were born. She lived in Warwick until after the death of her husband, Albert in March of 1966.

Fran’s most important jobs was making sure that her four beautiful children were taken care of and raised properly and to be being the proud grandma of her wonderful grandchildren. She loved celebrating each of the children and grandchildren’s accomplishments from graduations, to getting a new job, receiving an award, reading an article that they wrote or attending their wedding. Fran was an avid Bingo player. She was considered the unofficial manager of the singer Johnny Jakes. Fran was a very giving person and loved to volunteer her time along with giving out small gifts to make people smile. Fran loved to socialize with staff and friends at Middletown Park Manor. Prior to retiring Fran was a loan officer at a bank and did bookkeeping for many local businesses.

She is survived by her four children her daughter Katherine Pitsker and her husband Andrew of Vernon, NJ; her son Mark Howell and his wife Lauren of Norwich, NY, her daughter Nancy Howell of Kingston, NY; and her daughter Patricia Exman and her husband Peter, of Bloomington, NY. She has 5 grandchildren: Jill Tedlock and her husband Collin of Manhattan, NY; Kaitlin Pitsker of Arlington, VA; Paul Exman of Speculator, NY; Brian Howell of Kingston, NY; and Lee Exman of Bloomington, NY. Frances is also survived by two sisters, Jane McClure and her husband Dennis of Kingston, NY; Linda Pacion and her husband Henry of Middletown, NY; and a brother Thomas Leinpinsel and his wife Roseanne of Middletown, NY. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins along with Park Manor family.

She was predeceased by her brother Frederick Leinpinsel and her sister Agnes “Lolly” Peets.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 29th from 2-4pm and 6-8 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home Inc., 33 Railroad Avenue, Middletown, NY. Funeral Services will be held 11am on Thursday, July 30th at Morse Funeral home with burial at Wallkill Cemetery, Middletown, NY. Donations can be sent to Middletown Park Manor Resident Council, 121 Dunning Road, Middletown, NY. Arrangements are under the guidance of Morse Funeral Home Inc. 845 343 6918

Jennifer A. Seifert

Published on: Wednesday, July 29, 2015


NORWICH – Jennifer A. Seifert, 35, of County Rd. 34, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015 at her home.

She was born August 3, 1979 in Norwich, a daughter of Gerald A. and Joyce Ann Stone Seifert and was a graduate of South New Berlin High School. Jennifer worked with children for many years, as a day care provider and at the New Berlin Day Care Center. She later worked at Unison in Norwich. She loved to read and had a spunky attitude with a heart of gold.

She was a member of the Canasawacta Valley Free Methodist Church.

Surviving are her father, Gerald of Norwich; her grandmother, Margaret Foster of Smyrna; and a daughter, Gabrielle. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was predeceased by her mother, Joyce on April 3, 2013.

Memorial services will be held at 2pm Friday, July 31, 2015 from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, followed by interment in the Willcox Cemetery, Smyrna.

There are no calling hours.

Contributions in her memory may be made to an education fund for Gabrielle c/o Margaret Foster, 835 County Rd. 21, Smyrna, NY 13464.

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Salvatore J. “sal” Mirabito

Published on: Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Salvatore J. “Sal” Mirabito, 77, of Norwich, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 at his home.

Born in Norwich on July 22, 1938, Sal was the son of James V. and Angelina (Sidote) Mirabito. He graduated from Norwich High School then served with the United States Army in Germany where he met his wife, Gayle. When he returned from Europe, he attended Ithaca College for a time before coming home to Norwich. He worked at the Norwich Knitting Mill and for his father at the Ontario Hotel before joining the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier. He retired in 2004 after 35 years in the postal service. He joined his wife in the antique business while still with the post office and following his retirement, he served for ten years for the Norwich Police Department as a crossing guard.

Sal enjoyed helping at the St. Bartholomew’s Soup Kitchen and also at the Paperback Exchange. He also helped at book sales at the Guernsey Memorial Library.

On February 20, 1964, in Ithaca, Sal married Gayle J. Petley. Gayle died in May of 2013. He is survived by his sons, Vincent J. Mirabito and his wife, Lisa, of Norwich and Stephen R. Mirabito, of Woodstock, NY; four grandchildren, Tara Jablonski and her husband, John, and Angelo, Alyssa and Vincent T. Mirabito; his great-grandchildren, Angelina, Abigail and Katie Jablonski as well as Isabella, Carlene, Jaina and Audrey Mirabito. He is also survived by his brother, Ronald J. “R.J.” Mirabito and two sisters, Katie Turner, of Oxford and JoAnne Testani and her husband, Nick, of Norwich. Many nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Sal will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Friday, July 31, 2015 at St. Bartholomew’s Church with Rev. Ralph Bove, pastor, officiating. In place of calling hours, there will be a “memorial gathering of family and friends” immediately following the Mass at the Msgr. Festa Parish Center. Burial will take place at a later date in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Capital Campaign Fund of St. Bartholomew’s Church, 83 East Main Street, Norwich, NY 13815 or to the charity of your choice.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at:

Thomas C. Tansey

Published on: Thursday, July 30, 2015


OXFORD – Thomas C. Tansey, 89 of Oxford passed away on July 29, 2015 at the NYS Veterans’ Home, Oxford. He was born on December 3, 1925 in Newark Valley, NY a son of the late Paul M. and Mary Louise (Stone) Tansey. On June 23, 1945 in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oxford he married Agnes Miller, who passed away on November 18, 1991.

He is survived by his daughters and sons in law, Sharyn Gorski of Rome, NY, JoAnn Cosen of Oxford, Carolyn and Stephen Sincox of Kennedy, NY, Diane and Thomas Clark of The Villages, FL, and Terri and Damon Thomas of Phenix City, AL; his daughter in law, Becky Tansey of Tupelo, MS; his brother, James W. Hemstrought, Jr. and wife Kathy; his sister Louzetta Page and husband Donald; and his sister in law, Louise Tansey. Sixteen grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas G. Tansey, his brothers, Robert Tansey and Paul Richard Tansey and 2 grandchildren.

Tom was a US Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Fort Hill Post #376 American Legion. He was a member of the Lake Ludlow Club. He retired as supervisor of transportation at Oxford Academy and Central School after 35 years of service. He also retired from NBT Bank as a courier after 25 years. He enjoyed many summers at Sylvan Beach and Boynton Beach, FL playing golf.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford with Lisa Busby officiating. Burial will military honors will be in Sylvan Lawn Cemetery, Greene.

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, Oxford on Saturday from noon until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Oxford Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 192, Oxford, NY 13830. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Francis “vic” Yerdon

Published on: Thursday, July 30, 2015


CANTON – Francis “Vic” Yerdon, 92 of Canton, passed away on July 22, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family and Hospice. There will be no calling hours or services. Interment will be in Cherry Valley Cemetery at a later date. Vic was born on February 17, 1923 in East Hill, Cherry Valley, NY the son of Victor and Alberta (Clearwater) Yerdon. He graduated from Cherry Valley High School and worked at Rurys Food Store and several A & P’s in the area. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force during WW II. He then went to work for A & P in Cooperstown, Fort Plain. Vic attended Hartwick College. On April 8, 1950 he married Alice Olmsted in Canajoharie Methodist Church. He worked for General Electric in Utica- New Hartford area. He owned and operated a grocery store in Leonardsville, NY until he went to work for the State of New York Department of Mental Hygiene where he retired in 1980 and then operated a grocery store in South Otselic, NY. He was an enthusiastic car club member of the New England, M. G. Club. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and sporting events. Surviving Vic is his beloved wife Alice of 65 years and two daughters Laura Martin of Tucker, GA; and Brenda and Edward Bennett of Massena, NY; two granddaughters Sarah and Derek Constantine of Hull, MA, Jennifer Martin of Tucson, AZ, a great grandson Theodore Albert Constantine, also surviving Vic is a sister, Phyllis VanAlstine of Boulder City, NV, a nephew, Reginald Van Alstine and a niece Karen and David Bateman of Oregon, a sister in-law Roberta and brother in-law Thomas McCarthy both of Cherry Valley, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Cherry Valley United Methodist Church PO Box 483, Cherry Valley, NY 13320, Canton Rescue Squad or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Those wishing to share memories and condolences may do so to

Arrangements are under the care of Phillips Memorial Home in Massena.

Mitchell K. Gary

Published on: Friday, July 31, 2015


SHERBURNE – Mitchell K. Gary, 67, of W State Street, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He was born July 1, 1948 in Brooklyn, the son of Harold and Sarah Polenberg Kornstein. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Brooklyn College. On July 3, 1993, Mitchell married Jan M. Wentworth in South Otselic, where they resided until moving to Sherburne a year ago. Mitchell was a teacher and guidance counselor at the Otselic Valley Central School for 30 years. He was also the webmaster at the DCMO BOCES in Norwich for 15 years. He enjoyed working with computers and creating websites. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mitchell was a member of the Friends of Rogers Environmental Center in Sherburne, and the Otselic Valley Fishing Heritage Association. He was a former Fire Commissioner in South Otselic, and a former member of the School Counselors Association.

Surviving are his wife, Jan; his children, Lisa and Bradley Fostveit of Cazenovia; Michael and Kristen Lagoe, Andrew and Jessica Lagoe, all of Sherburne; his mother-in-law, Winifred Wentworth of South Otselic; a brother-in-law, Barry Komisaruk of Maplewood, NJ; two nephews and their spouses, Dr. Adam and Stacy Elza Komisaruk of Morgantown, WV; Dr. Kevin Komisaruk and Jeffrey Steele of Toronto, Canada; seven grandchildren, Ian, Leigha, Kari, Brooks, Ashley, Dawson and Bailey; grandnieces, Josephine and Alice Komisaruk; and many in-laws and their families. He was predeceased by a sister, Carolyn Komisaruk.

Funeral services will be held at 11am Monday, August 3, 2015 at the South Otselic United Methodist Church, followed by interment in the North Pitcher Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne on Sunday from 4-7pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the South Otselic Volunteer Fire Department.

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